BMW cautious despite topping test times

Valencia, Spain

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Roger Griffiths has played down the significance of topping the timing screens in preseason testing.

BMW newcomer Maximilian Guenther set the pace on the final day of Formula E’s preseason testing in Valencia, with the German driver setting a 1:15.087 on the modified Ricardo Tormo Circuit to head Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein by just one tenth of a second.

Despite the strong one-lap pace demonstrated by the team, team principal Griffiths dismissed the importance of testing times, citing their inability to convert their pace into more success last season.

“It is obviously nice to end the test week with Maximilian Guenther’s fastest time at the top of the timing list. However, that does not mean an awful lot,” said Griffiths.

“We were also strong here last year, but were then unable to put that into practice over the whole season. For us as a team, it was much more important to optimise our internal processes and work together even better and more efficiently.

“I think we have taken a good step forward in that regard. That fact makes me more confident about the season ahead than the lap times do.”

After his first official outings Guenther reiterated BMW’s aims to convert their pace into more race-winning opportunities:

“The test week went well for us. The focus was clearly on learning as much as possible, looking ahead to the coming season. For us, it was primarily about continuing the development of the car and team processes at the circuit. That took top priority. Lap times were a secondary matter.

“I am pleased that we were able to do an awful lot of laps and try some things out. That was very important for me. I felt very comfortable in the car all week. I can hardly wait for the season to get started in November.”

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